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Hello All.  I'm using EXSi 5.1.  I performed an "export to .OVF template" on a windows 2008 R2 machine.  Now when I try to use it to Deploy OVF template I receive an error from my vSphere Client that says:

"Failed to Deploy an OVF package. Incompatible device backing specified for Device 9"

I'd like to figure out if I can fix or remove whatever component/device is hanging up the deployment and maybe edit the .ovf file.  Or worst case, if possible, use the 2 .vmdk files (1 for each disk on my virtual 2008 system) and bring my machine back from those.

What do you think?
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Do you still have the Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine?

I would always recommend, before deleting a virtual machine if you have Exported it to OVF, tested the Import before Deletion.

OVF deployment Import and Export is troublesome, even between VMware systems.

If you are trying to "transport" a virtual machine, I would recommend the use of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1 to complete a V2V.

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Back to your issue, if you only have the OVF and VMDKs now, the VMDKs are often compressed, and you need to re-import for them, to undergo the decompression.

Have you also tried to Import the OVF using the vSphere Web Client?
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Hello. I appreciate your response. My actual working 2008 R2 guest VM was corrupted and unbootable (bluescreen). Thankfully, about a week ago I had exported it as an OVF template. It wasn't getting backed up at all at this point, so the .ovf was all I had.

So I figured I'd lose a little but I could just deploy it. I didn't try the web client, good idea.

I was able to figure out what the problem was. By searching around the web, I found similar people who had errors when there was a device in the .ovf file that couldn't be imported/brought back during the OVF deployment. I edited my OVF in notepad. I saw some people had problems when they created their OVF template while their guest machine had locally mapped the hosts CD rom drive. I hadn't done that. BUT - I did have the host's com1 port mapped in my guest 2008 vm.
I deleted that section out of the .ovf file. I also had to delete the .ovf checksum file - the .mf file. If you edit the .ovf file, the checksum fails on import, knowing the .ovf no longer matches the original state. Delete the .mf and you're ok.

So I'm back with my booted up Windows 2008 machine, albeit a week old.

Is there anything I potentially could have done with the 2 disk .vmdk files if all else failed?
Or are they useless by themselves?
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They are compressed.

Backup using VMware Converter or test your exports.

Are you using free ESXi?
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I think I'm just going to close this question out since I figured out what the error was caused by and fixed it in the .ovf file.
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I was able to figure out what the problem was. By searching around the web, I found similar people who had errors when there was a device listed in the .ovf file that couldn't be imported/brought back during the OVF deployment. I edited my OVF in notepad. I saw some people had problems when they created their OVF template while their guest machine had locally mapped the hosts CD rom drive. I hadn't done that. BUT - I did have the host's com1 port mapped in my guest 2008 vm.
I deleted that section out of the .ovf file. I also had to delete the .ovf checksum file - the .mf file. If you edit the .ovf file, the checksum fails on import, knowing the .ovf no longer matches the original state. Delete the .mf and you're ok.
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